About Cysticercosis

What is Cysticercosis?

Cysticercosis is an infection caused by the larvae of the pork tapeworm. It is most commonly found in people who have eaten undercooked pork or other food contaminated with tapeworm eggs. Symptoms of cysticercosis can include seizures, headaches, and vision problems. In severe cases, it can cause death. Treatment typically involves medications to kill the larvae and surgery to remove any cysts.

What are the symptoms of Cysticercosis?

The symptoms of cysticercosis vary depending on the location and number of cysts. Common symptoms include:

- Seizures

- Headaches

- Nausea

- Vomiting

- Abdominal pain

- Muscle weakness

- Visual disturbances

- Dizziness

- Fatigue

- Loss of appetite

- Weight loss

- Fever

- Swelling of the affected area

- Itching or Tingling sensation in the affected area

What are the causes of Cysticercosis?

Cysticercosis is caused by the ingestion of eggs of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. The eggs are found in contaminated food or water, or on objects that have been contaminated with feces from an infected person. Ingestion of the eggs leads to the larvae of the tapeworm developing in the body, usually in the muscles, brain, or eyes.

What are the treatments for Cysticercosis?

The treatment for cysticercosis depends on the severity of the infection and the location of the cysts. In general, the goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and prevent further spread of the infection.


1. Anti-parasitic medications: These medications are used to kill the parasites that cause cysticercosis. Common medications include albendazole and praziquantel.

2. Anti-inflammatory medications: These medications are used to reduce inflammation and help the body fight the infection. Common medications include prednisone and ibuprofen.

3. Antibiotics: These medications are used to treat any secondary bacterial infections that may occur. Common antibiotics include amoxicillin and ciprofloxacin.

Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to

What are the risk factors for Cysticercosis?

1. Eating undercooked pork or pork products
2. Poor hygiene
3. Poor sanitation
4. Exposure to infected animals
5. Travel to or residence in an endemic area
6. Consumption of contaminated water or food
7. Poorly cooked food
8. Poorly stored food
9. Poorly maintained swimming pools
10. Poorly maintained latrines

Is there a cure/medications for Cysticercosis?

Yes, there are medications available to treat cysticercosis. These medications include albendazole, praziquantel, and ivermectin. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the cysts.